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60 Icelandair Stopover BY JANE ORMOND. Picturesque and bathed in that cinematic gold of the California light, San Francisco is spirited, invigorated and iconic. The engine- ering feat of the Golden Gate Bridge. The mythologized Haight-Ashbury freak scene of the 1960s. The tech innovation of Silicon Valley and the championing of Californian cuisine. Use this itinerary to touch base with those oh so San Franciscan traits and get a feel for what makes this city tick. A Bounty by the Bay Start at the historic Ferry Building, which overlooks the sparkling bay at the very bottom of Market Street—one of the city’s main navigational arteries. With its magnifi- cent clock tower and ornate arches, this 1898 building was once the main passenger transit hub for people arriving in the city. But its fortunes wavered with the advent of cars and bridges and the impact of earthquakes, until a major millennial reimagining trans- formed this gorgeous structure into the joyous Ferry Building Marketplace, an incuba- tor and gathering place of San Francisco’s food community. Stroll beneath the vaulted ceilings, dipping in to sample artisan baked goods, small-batch coffee, wine, chocolates and cheese (get sampling at Cowgirl Creamery then saddle up at Cowgirl Sidekick for the most buttery, oozy, woozy toasted cheese sandwich) from proudly local producers. There’s also a wildly popular outdoor farmers’ market three times a week, selling flowers and organic local produce, and impressive small-scale eateries to dine at so you can really get a grassroots taste of San Francisco’s food scene. Beats, Books and Booze In keeping with the rootsy theme, make your way to the North Beach neighborhood and lose yourself in City Lights Bookstore. San Francisco is synonymous with counterculture, and City Lights, a three-story haven for book- lovers and writers, is San Francisco’s literary OUR DESTINATIONS: DAY-TRIPPIN’ SAN FRANCISCO If you’re short on time but long on curiosity and appetite, here’s a tasty, day- trippin’ thumbnail sketch of what San Francisco is best known for.